Meet Dr. Shaver

Dr. Theresa Shaver

HOW WOULD YOU BEST SUMMARIZE YOUR TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY?

Conservative, individualized treatment using state-of-the-art technology.

WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU WHEN IT COMES TO WORKING WITH REFERRING DOCTORS?

Working as a team and maintaining clear communication. I want referring doctors to feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, concerns, or recommendations about treatment, so together we can achieve the best outcome possible for the patient.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE SETS YOU APART?

I've been providing orthodontic treatment for nearly 20 years and I'm still going strong. In 1995, I started as an associate in an orthodontic practice that had a high patient-to-doctor ratio. It was good experience and I learned a lot. Primarily, I discovered that I wanted to have a practice with a low patient-to-doctor ratio, so I would have the opportunity to really get to know my patients, and provide personalized care with attention to detail. My job is all about building relationships and creating sensational smiles that last a lifetime.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CHAIR-SIDE STYLE?

Warm, friendly, professional and fun.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO ORTHODONTICS?

It is very rewarding to observe patients becoming more confident and outgoing as their smiles improve. Also, I get see patients on a regular basis throughout their treatment, not just once every six months, so I have the opportunity to really connect with my patients and get to know them and their families. I'm grateful that I have such a wonderful job.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB?

When I put braces on new patients. I see this appointment as the first step in an amazing transformation. I enjoy seeing the patients get excited about their new braces and what's to come. Sometimes our patients are nervous or anxious. It makes me feel so good when we can listen to their concerns, help them feel calm and get them comfortably through the procedure. Every day we get smiles and hugs from patients before they leave the office. It's great to have a job where hugs are part of the daily routine!

WHAT ALTERNATIVE CAREER WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Personal trainer or professional chef. Exercise is part of my daily routine, and I also really enjoy to cooking – and eating!

WHAT COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES ARE YOU INVOLVED IN?

Visiting preschools and grade schools and discussing the benefits of good oral health habits. When time permits, I also participate in Read Across America, 9News Health Fair and Give Kid's a Smile Day.

WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT OUTSIDE OF ORTHODONTICS?

My husband and two sons, of course. Plus, I enjoy just about any outdoor activity -- biking, running, hiking, camping and swimming. I am also a huge Rockie's fan and going to the games is so much fun. Plus, I love music -- I think Big Head Todd and the Monsters really rock!